SUTHERLAND BUSINESS/CORPORATE LAW
Whether you are a small business or a large company, a long-established business or a start-up, or an Ontario business or an international company, Sutherland Law will help you manage all your legal needs. Starting and managing a business is an exciting but challenging time, and we at Sutherland Law are dedicated to alleviating some of those challenges to help you build a successful business.
Our firm focuses on providing practical and creative solutions catered to each client’s particular needs. Through years of experience representing businesses in court, Sutherland Law has developed a critical eye that allows us to be proactive in our advice and ask the tough questions to minimize the risk of litigation disputes down the road.
In addition to general business law, our experience in trademark, patent, and intellectual property law equips us to:
- Negotiate and draft all manner of intellectual property licensing agreements
- Prepare and file trademark applications
- Conduct availability and registrability searches of trademarks to minimize the costs of opposition
- Represent clients in trademark opposition proceedings
- Advise on infringement matters and allegations
- Register domain names
At Sutherland Law our lawyers will:
- Advise on business formation and incorporation, including drafting partnership and shareholder agreements
- Handle all aspects of incorporation, including setting up a corporate structure to minimize liability and annual maintenance of corporate minute books
- Draft and negotiate commercial leases for an office, plaza, or industrial space
- Draft enforceable employment agreements
- Negotiate and draft contracts for each client’s needs, including supplier, contractor, and loan agreements
- Negotiate and manage all stages of mergers and sales of businesses
- Assist with governmental approvals and by-law assessments
- Winding Up proceedings
- Incorporation and organization of new corporations
- Annual maintenance of Corporate Minute Books
- Corporate reorganizations, including estate freezes
- Asset and share purchases and sales
- Commercial equipment and asset financing
- Drafting, negotiating and reviewing a variety of agreements
- Joint venture agreements
- Co-ownership agreements
- Shareholder agreements
- Partnership agreements
- Employment/independent contractor agreements
- Construction agreements
- Distribution agreements and franchise agreements
Our expertise in the area of Commercial Law includes:
When businesses change hands, many different issues must be considered. There are tax implications, employee issues, regulatory concerns, and much more.
When a business is purchased or sold, we closely review and negotiate terms to protect our clients' rights.
Most business owners are usually unsure about whether they need to incorporate or whether they should instead form a partnership or remain sole proprietors.
We can also assist businesses through the incorporation and organizational process by assisting with governmental approvals, name searches, by-law assessments, and organizational overviews.